A retrospective exhibition at the BWA Gallery in Olsztyn of the artist Andrzej Cisowski - who lives and works for many years in the Targowo region in Mazury. His works encases a surreal feeling, looking for different solutions, of culture.
Painting by Andrzej Cisowski, photo from the organisers
The works of artist, Andrzej Cisowski are the subject of a retrospective at the BWA Gallery in Olsztyn
Cisowski - who lives and works for many years in the Targowo region in Mazury - encases a surreal feeling, looking for different solutions, of culture, he creates a colorful and extraordinary environment incorporating elements from art, literature, theatre, society, politics and social trends which seems to dominate the imagination of so many people.
The artist takes inspiration largely from pop art, playing with forms, known motifs, faces, experimenting and deliberately referring to the great icons of the times. According to Cisowski it doesn't make sense to create new forms, when modern culture and society produce so many of them. From his paintings emerges the image of the contemporary popular imagination which are beyond measure littered with empty, colorful pictures.
Andrzej Cisowski was born in 1962 in Białystok. During 1982-87, he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw under Prof. Rajmund Ziemski. He continued his artistic studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dűsseldorf under Konrad Klapheck and A.R. Penck.
In his works from the late 80's, clumsy figures - painted in a ripped line, situated in undefined surroundings - are performing absurd actions, reminding the climate familiar from Dubuffet and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The latter, merely two years older than Cisowski himself, was his artistic guru. Cisowski had an opportunity to meet him in person, just two months before Basquiat died. Cisowski quickly developed his own distinctive style. There were subtitles, absurd stories, painting anecdotes and weird tittles.
Cisowski is a two-time scholar of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Awarded the EXIT 2005 Award for many years of creative presence in various areas of art; particularly for the series of paintings made in 2006. A second prize winner of the 39th Painting Biennial "Bielsko Autumn" in 2009.
Curator: Małgorzata Jackiewicz-Garniec
Opening: 28th of July 2011 at 18.00.
The exhibition runs from the 29th of July through the 4th of September 2011 in the main exhibition hall of the BWA Gallery.
BWA Gallery of Arts in Olsztyn
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